We found 4 urologists who accept Mail Handlers Benefit Plan near Forked River, NJ.

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Dr John L Stoneham III MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
Average rating 2.94 stars out of 5 (25 ratings)
949 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ

Dr. John Stoneham practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Toms River, NJ, Whiting, NJ, and Forked River, NJ. Dr. Stoneham's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include robotic surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant. Dr. Stoneham attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for residency. He is affiliated with Community Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Victor John Ferlise MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.7 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
949 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ

Dr. Victor Ferlise practices urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Ferlise focuses on robotic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferlise is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Viant, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ferlise attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Ferlise is affiliated with Community Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Dr Peter C Howard MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
Average rating 3.4 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
949 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ

Dr. Peter Howard is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Forked River, NJ, Whiting, NJ, and Toms River, NJ. Patient ratings for Dr. Howard average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include robotic surgery. Dr. Howard is professionally affiliated with Community Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Howard trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Charles P Fernicola MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
730 Lacey Road; Suite B
Forked River, NJ

Dr. Charles Fernicola specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Fernicola average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Viant, and Mail Handlers Benefit Plan. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He is professionally affiliated with Community Hospital.

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What is Urology?

The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.

Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.

Some other conditions that urologists treat include:

  • Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
  • Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
  • Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
  • Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
  • Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.

The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:

  • Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
  • Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
  • Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
  • Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
  • Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
  • Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
  • Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.

Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.

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